By Keith Mills
After 27 years at Dulaney, seven state championships and four region championships, Gary Schreiber is stepping down as head lacrosse coach, and a longtime rival, former Towson coach Randy Dase, is sad to see him go.
"He was an outstanding coach," Dase said. "He's a quiet guy who always got the most out of his teams. And he always used to lean on that stick."
Well-disciplined, intelligent, talented and athletic teams were a Schreiber trademark. However, his ever-present lacrosse stick used as a leaning post during games will stand as a lasting image.
"When we were allowed to start checking sticks once a game," Dase said, "I had the refs go over and check his. He got a big kick out of it. That was the kind of rivalry we had."
After a successful career at Pikesville, Schreiber arrived at Dulaney in 1980. Dase replaced Jeff Mann as Towson coach in 1977. Dase went on to win four state titles at Towson before stepping down in 1997 and passing the torch to one of his former players, Ben Berquist.
Schreiber will be replaced by Jake Reed, who graduated from Dulaney in 1973 and went on to star as a goaltender for Buddy Beardmore at the University of Maryland, where he helped the Terps win the 1975 NCAA championship. Last year he assisted Schreiber after 13 years as head coach at McDonogh.
Dase now coaches the Towson soccer team and still savors the Towson-Dulaney lacrosse rivalry -- and his relationship with Schreiber. Dulaney teams won state titles in 1990 and '91, four straight from 2000-04 and another in 2005.
"We used to stand at midfield before the game," Dase said, "and Gary would say, 'Here we go again.' We'd go out and play and shake hands afterwards. It was a very good, healthy rivalry."
It was a rivalry loaded with great players. Before Dase and Schreiber took over, Towson's Skip Lichtfuss and Jack Thomas were two of the best players in the country. Lichtfuss went on to an All-American career at Washington & Lee University, while Thomas played at Johns Hopkins and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1989. Kevin Kilner of Dulaney also went to Hopkins, where he helped the Blue Jays win three NCAA championships before moving on to a successful career in Hollywood.
But it was under Schreiber and Dase that the rivalry really took off.
"We used to have 200 car caravans driving up York Road when we'd play at Dulaney," Dase said. "I remember playing a game and Dulaney scored the first five goals... the caravan was late getting to the field. It finally shows up and we score five straight to tie it."
Schreiber's former players include a Who's Who of local high school standouts: Ed Stephenson went on to a successful career at Towson State and is now coach at Binghampton University in New York. Jay Feeley is an attackman at Maryland who helped the Lions win four straight Class 3A-4A titles under Schreiber.
In 1989, Towson's Brendan Kelly and Dulaney's Charlie Speno were best of friends when they met in one of the great Towson-Dulaney games ever, a one-goal overtime win by Towson.
Dulaney-Towson lacrosse was as heated a rivalry as some of the area’s best, including Calvert Hall-Loyola football or Dunbar-Lake Clifton basketball. It was an event that included the entire community and featured students who played together as kids and again in college. And it featured a pair of coaches who loved the game and respected each other.
"We had a great rivalry," Dase said. "Gary was a big part of it. I'll never forget looking over at him and seeing him leaning on that stick. You always knew you were in for a tough game when you played Dulaney."
An Instant Classic at Gibbons
As for rivalries, Cardinal Gibbons and Mount St. Joseph resumed their neighborhood Catholic League basketball competition and the standing-room-only crowd gathered at the refurbished O. Ray Mullis Gym last Sunday was treated to a classic.
Mt. St. Joe won in double overtime, though Gibbons came within a half-second of pulling off the upset. Behind senior Alex Franz and junior Jamar Briscoe, the Crusaders hung around long enough to nearly steal the win. Slowed throughout the game by the fierce Gibbons defense led by Ricky Anger and Danny Korecki, Henry Sims, Mt. St. Joe's 6-foot-10 junior center, put back a missed shot as the buzzer went off in the first overtime to keep the game alive.
Dino Gregory kept Mt. St. Joe in control for much of the game but with 20 seconds left in the first overtime, junior Paul Kouvaris of Gibbons blocked Gregory's shot following an inbounds play with Gibbons in the lead. Eventually, Sims, falling out of bounds, hit the shot as the clock ran out to send the game into a second overtime.
Several Gibbons students stormed the court as both coaches, Pat Clatchey of Mt. St. Joe and Jeff Cheevers of Gibbons, rushed the officials to see if the basket was good. It was.
Mt. St. Joe scored the first eight points in the second overtime to nail down the win and send the packed house home in near-disbelief, spoiling a tremendous effort by the Crusaders, who are making great strides under Cheevers, now in his second year as basketball coach and athletic director.
With former Gibbons player and coach Brian Moorehouse in the crowd, it brought memories of a Gibbons-Mt. St. Joe rivalry that in the 1970s and '80s was second to none. The rivalry featured some of the area's finest players ever and always seemed to come down to the last possession. The Gaels’ talents included Gene Neiberlein Sr. and his sons -- Gene Jr., Chris, Rob and Kirk -- who all were part of the rivalry, as were Delmar Herrod, who went on to St. Bonaventure, and Jeff Cross, who played at James Madison. Ray Mullis coached Gibbons and countered with such players as Mark Massamini, Norman Black, Rob and Mark Valderas, Quentin Dailey and Tim Coles.
Blue Devil's Baltimore Connections
David McClure is in his third year as a member of the Duke basketball team and like assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski, a Gibbons grad, he has significant ties to the Baltimore area. David's dad, Jim, grew up in the Pumphrey section of northern Anne Arundel County and was a standout player on the 1966 Brooklyn Park High School team.
Pumphrey is the same hometown claimed by former Naval Academy All-American wrestler Lloyd Keaser, who won a silver medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Brooklyn Park, meanwhile, merged with nearby Andover High in 1990 to form North County High, although both schools enjoyed a rivalry much like Towson and Dulaney in lacrosse.
McClure was a fierce, 6-foot-4 jumping jack who led Brooklyn Park to its only trip to Cole Field House for the state semifinals. McClure's brother, Preston, was a member of that team, as was point guard Ronnie Brown, leading scorer Harold Pinkney and forwards Gene Grosh and Bill Bowen. Jim McClure was the glue.
The Bees lost to Fairmont Heights in the Class B state semifinals in 1966, though Jim McClure's basketball career was far from over. He went on to Davis & Elkins in West Virginia before getting married and moving to Connecticut. Jim's wife Betty gave birth to David on April 1, 1986 in Danbury, Conn. David went to Trinity Catholic High School and was a member of the U.S. development squad when he caught the eye of "Wojo" and fellow Duke assistant Johnny Dawkins.
David McClure arrived in Durham in 2004 and played in 25 games his freshman year. He missed all of last year with a knee injury and is now starting as a sophomore. His dad, meanwhile, is a physical therapist in Danbury and still talks with his high school coach, 40 years after graduating.
"I talk to Jim about once a month," Denny Shuck said. "It's great to watch David now because I think of Jim when he was playing here. Jim was tough. He was a great rebounder and got up and down the floor."
Shuck grew up in Western Maryland and is a member of the Mount St. Mary's Hall of Fame. He began coaching at Brooklyn Park in the early 1960s and left in 1976 to begin the basketball program at Old Mill High School in Millersville.
The Brooklyn Park-Andover rivalry of the 1960s and 70s was electyfying. Dick Hart was coach at Andover and built the Archers into a Class A state powerhouse. Ironically, he was also Shuck's next door neighbor in Linthicum.
Hart passed away 12 years ago after winning over 500 games and leading the Archers to three trips to Cole Field House and the state finals. He is a member of the Anne Arundel County Athletic Hall of Fame.
Issue 2.2: January 11, 2007